Simple SPF30 Protecting Moisture Cream

You guys, I am SO excited about the product I’m talking about today.

As regular readers will know, I have a minor obsession with suncream. Being very pale and freckled, this is down to necessity, but I am also rather passionate about getting other people to use suncream, even if they think they don’t need it. A tan is just as dangerous a cause of skin cancer as burning is!

Whilst I’m not asking everyone to be as militant about applying suncream as I am, I do think that people should be using an spf face cream, daily, as a standard. Not only does it protect you from the obvious dangers, but it also protects your skin from ageing, and as a result an SPF day cream is really something everyone should have in their armoury all year round.

I’ve reviewed a couple before, specifically the super strength SPF50 SunSense one (great for summer and holidays) and the delicately scented Soap and Glory SPF25 one (which I was greatly enamoured with for a while, but over time became less of a fan of the slightly sticky texture on my oily skin.) In both cases, I wasn’t happy with the shiny, dewy finish, and in the case of the Soap and Glory, I was very aware that I hadn’t quite reached the recommended SPF30 minimum.

After the incredibly bright summer we had this year, I was even more determined to find an SPF30 face cream which ticked all the boxes for me, which, as a reminder, are the following;

-          Have a light texture

-          Absorb super-fast

-          Have a high SPF

-          Make my skin soft

With a fresh surge of determination, I got onto Google, ready to hunker down and find an amazing face cream, no matter how long it took.

It took me less than a minute.

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I am utterly clueless as to how I didn’t spot this before. Maybe it’s new?! I hope so, because if not I feel like a total fool for not seeing it. Simple is one of those classic, go-to brands, that for some reason I’ve never actually used! I came across this cream pretty fast, though, and I was amazed as I read the description; it seemed to have everything I was looking for.

From the description on the back…

“For protected and radiant looking skin…

Our Protecting Moisture Cream SPF30 is a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and skin-loving ingredients with SPF protection to give dehydrated, tired and dull skin a boost of hydration while protecting it from UVA & UVB rays. The light texture absorbs quickly into your skin to rapidly replenish moisture levels for up to 24 hours. Perfect even for sensitive skin.

Simple goodness…

  • · 2 Vitamins
    • Vitamin B3
    • Vitamin E
  • · 2 Skin Loving Ingredients
    • Glycerin
    • Sweet Almond Oil
  • · No Artificial Perfume or Colour and No Harsh Chemicals”

I was pretty darn excited from the description; the words ‘light texture’ and ‘quickly absorbed’, 2 items on my wishlist, are literally written right there on the bottle. The references to ‘a boost of hydration’ and ‘replenished moisture levels’ seemed to tick the ‘making skin soft’ box, and not only was the SPF the recommended 30, but it contains both UVA (for skin cancer protection) and UVB (for wrinkle protection)! Perfection itself! And not only that, but as it was on sale for about £3.50, insanely cheap, and ¼ of the price of my previous Soap and Glory!

I will admit to being slightly worried when I first pressed the dispenser; the cream was bright, bright white, just like all the super sticky suncreams I’ve ever used, and seemed incredibly thick. It also dispensed a large amount in one pump, as you can see below.

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But I shouldn’t have been worried. I can’t deny this feels thick when you smear it on, but it literally sinks into your skin in under 30 seconds. LITERALLY. You go from having white smears all over your face to matte perfect skin in less than half a minute; it’s really rather miraculous. That’s another thing I adore; the matte finish. All my other suncreams have left me with a dewy, slightly sticky finish; not so this one. Matte skin perfection, which for someone with my oily skin is pretty darn impressive. It’s ready to have makeup on top in about a minute, but if you leave it plain your face will feel so soft that you won’t be able to stop touching it.

Not only that, but it genuinely is kind to skin. I’ve been using it for about a month, every day, and in the last week I’ve stopped wearing makeup. Completely. I am totally bare faced as I write this, and I couldn’t be happier. Here I am, right this second, naked faced and proud!

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My skin genuinely looks the best it ever has, and I even thing my biggest bugbear- my pink cheeks- is actually improving. God knows how, but I have found a high SPF day cream that actually IMPROVES your skin. Before this, I had always believed that only a good night cream was worth investing in, as day cream couldn’t put iteslf to work in the same way, but Simple have proved me wrong. A.mazing.

So, to sum up, it’s perfect and fabulous and wonderful. It not only makes a wonderful base for your makeup (if you need it after how fab it makes your skin!) but it also ensures that your neck, chest, arms and hands are all receiving sun protection every day. It makes your skin amazing, and everyone should buy it right now. The end. No arguments. DO IT.

So Close, Yet So Far; an Ode to the Dearly Departed Boots Botanics Radiant Red Conditioner.

Regular readers will be well aware of my constant struggle to find a great shampoo and conditioner; I’ve never found one that makes my hair feel/look amazing, it’s pretty much just always the same. Don’t get me wrong, I like my hair, but I’d love for it to be soft and shiny; for me, those 2 are the holy grail of hair products, and a pinnacle I’m yet to reach.

Back at the beginning of the year, I noticed this Boots Botanics Radiant Red Conditioner conditioner reduced to 99p and, being a red head, I figured it was worth a shot. I wasn’t holding out much hope, as even expensive conditioners never seem to give me the wow factor when it comes to my hair, and as a result, when I got home I tossed it into my bathroom drawer and left it there.

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About a month ago I came across it when looking for a conditioner to take to the pool with me. I tossed it carelessly into my bag and slathered it on my head post swim, my only brief thought being that I hated the texture. Little did I know what  was to come.

My first inkling that this conditioner might be better than its ‘own-brand, reduced-to-99p’ origins suggested was when I rinsed it off. My hair felt soft, even when wet; a phenomenon I’ve rarely encountered. Then I dried it off. And oh my God.

My hair was amaze. Smooth, sleek, manageable; none of the puffiness I usually get from blow drying my curly hair. My hair colour was suddenly fresher, brighter-redder!-and it was so bright and shiny it was like a mirror on top of my head. and the softness. Don’t get me started. I spent a good few minutes in the mirror stroking my hair in amazement, and spent the rest of the day grabbing it in astonishment at random intervals, just to check it was true. My boyfriend even commented on how soft it was and how great it looked; boys don’t notice anything!!!

It was love. True love. I was obsessed, overjoyed. But then there was that niggling feeling. This had been reduced. And I was pretty sure there was a mountain of matching bottles on the sale shelf at the time. A quick Google confirmed my suspicions; it had been discontinued.

You cannot imagine the depths of my despair. My unending mission, my search for the perfect conditioner, had ended and begun again simultaneously, and I was cursing my bad luck. I felt guilty about my terrible treatment of my dear conditioner; the way I left it floundering alone for months, my low expectations, the glob I dropped on the shower floor in the pool when I was carelessly heaping on a massive handful. How could I have been so callous? Even more so, I was haunted by the dozens of bottles I had seen alongside mine on the sale shelf in boots that fateful day when I picked this one up. if I had just bought them all, I’d be in hair happiness for at least the next few years! If I had access to a time machine, I truly would have used it for that.

I took to scouring online, searching high and low, and I did manage to locate one paltry bottle on ebay for £5, a bottle which is still unopened, reserved for special occasions. To date I have sent 4 emails to Boots, begging them to recomission it, but I have been unsuccessful. If I had found this sooner, if this was still available, there isn’t a shadow of a doubt in my mind that it would have become my regular conditioner; the first ever hair product I would have bought again and again without hesitation. As it is, it will forever haunt me that I didn’t find and appreciate this conditioner until it was too late; that we will forever be two ships passing in the night.

Dear reader, I am happy to report that there is a happy ending to this story. In my unending search to find a replacement, I put in an ungodly amount of effort; the amount of work I have never before put into hair products. As a result, I managed to find not just a replacement product, but a whole other cast of characters, all of which have combined to make my hair better than it ever has been. I will be attempting to review each and every item I ended up finding and loving over the next month, along with the full story of my struggle to find a replacement, but I didn’t want to combine it in this page; I felt that my first love deserved its own article, even if it is no longer with us. So goodbye, Botanics. You will always be the one that got away. If any of you have one lurking somewhere, I urge you to dig it out; the combination of honey, henna and coconut is one that is unparalleled, and the only regret you will have is that you’ll never be able to get it again.

Magazine Freebies Roundup: July 2014

After a disappointing few months for the magazines, they’re back in force with a ton of free stuff for Summer. Huzzah!! Let’s start, as ever, with the ones I didn’t buy.

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Harpers Bazar has a free L’Occitane fragrance which seems like a rather adorable freebie. It wasn’t enough to tempt me, but if you are already a user of their fragrances, what a great way to get a travel size!

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In Style have a free Neals Yard handcream. As of this moment I have 7 tubes of handcream to use up, so this was really easy to resist.

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Elle have a Malin and Goetz travel set containing cleanser, face cream and lip balm. This is exactly the kind of thing I’d usually jump at, but I hadn’t heard of the brand, so it wasn’t a must have. Add that to the fact that Cheryl Cole was on the cover (can’t stand her) and it made it even easier to turn down.

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Red had a Rodial lip balm free, which sounded rather nice, but I have approximately 20 lipbalms already, and since I’ve recently picked a favourite I’m trying to cut down. (More on that later!) As a result, I didn’t get this.

Ok, so moving swiftly on to the magazines I did buy!

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Marie Claire had Katherine Heigl on the cover this month, which was really rather offputting. There’s something about her I just can’t bear; she’s so smug, and nowhere near as talented as she thinks she is. Anyway, I put that aside for the cool freebie; a Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm. Its a thick, sticky scrub which you slather onto your face, then the instructions say to remove with a cloth. I didn’t actually use a cloth the first time, trying to wash it off with just water, and it did not go well. Thick, sticky and immovable this stuff is! I eventually got it off, and my face was nice and smooth, but I’ll defo be using a cloth in future!

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Cosmopolitan had dear old Nicole on the cover, who I do like. Only worth mentioning cos I’ve been so negative about everyone else! Haha! Anyway, they were giving away some New CID cosmetics, a choice of a lip or cheek tint or a mascara. I went with the mascara, and was rather underwhelmed. I’ll update this later when I have pics, but for now safe to say it was rather generic.

photo 4Finally we have Glamour, my fave magazine, who brought me the best gift and the worst cover. Yep, hate Ellie too. Was the month for me to hate on cover stars! Anyway, it was a choice of Clinique products, which is rather cool. I already had the moisturiser and mascara full size, so I went with the lipstick instead. Again, will update later with pics, but it’s pretty decent!

So that was July. More quantity over quality maybe?? Hey, I’m just happy to have some freebies!!

 

Magazine Freebies Roundup; April 2014

It’s only just occurred to me that I forgot to post a magazine freebies review this month. Sacrilege! It was a pretty good one too, even though only one magazine had something on offer! Courtesy of In Style, I bring you Eyeko lash curlers!

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£12 worth of curlers for £4 is a steal, so it’s well worth the investment. These are good ones, too!

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The best thing about these was the nice solid grip; they felt super strong, and have wide, easy to use finger pads. They are also covered in dark blue velvet, making them comy to hold. I appreciate the hell out of this, as I used to use some with ‘scissor’ style handles that were very uncomfortable to use. These are lush. I took a close up to show the velvet, but I’m not sure you can really see it!

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I’m don’t think I need to say much to convince you these are worth the investment. Surely everyone uses eyelash curlers; they are undoubtedly the best thing you can do with your lashes. No amount of mascara is going to make a difference if you don’t curl first, as this picture proves. My bare lashes are on the left, and on the right all I’ve done is curled them once.

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So much more awake! Its hardly worth putting on mascara without waking up your lashes first, and these ones work perfectly. I usually blast my curlers with a hairdryer for 10 seconds before I curl, as it makes soo much difference; if you’ve never tried this, give it a go. You won’t regret it! In the meantime, I suggest you pop out and pick up a copy of In Style before the month ends!!

Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara

If there’s one beauty product I really can’t do without, it’s oil. I use coconut and olive oil as a hair mask, argan oil for my hair, I’m OBSESSED with oil cleanser and I think body oil trumps body cream every time. As a result, I’m always immediately intrigued anytime there’s oil added to a product. Recently I started wondering why nobody had added oils to a mascara, and low and behold, as if they had read my mind, the very next day I got an email from Eye of Horus, a new make-up range, in which they described their new mascara- infused with Moringa oil.

I literally had a little chuckle out loud when I read that, as it was exactly what I had been considering. They were nice enough to send me one, and that’s what I’m reviewing today; the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara.

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I’ve actually had this one for a little while, as I’ve been following my new year’s resolution of using up my growth mascara’s first (eugh). I was so excited to finally get around to trying it, though. Can I first say how cute the bottle is? The shape is very Egyptian, and I love the little golden eye logo on the lid. So sweet.

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The brush is fab too; I’m always a sucker for a cool brush, and this one is awesome. Fine rubber bristles (the best kind) and shaped like an hourglass, which I don’t think I’ve seen before!

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It can look as pretty as it likes, of course, but the important thing is how it looks on your eye. Here’s me without mascara, and then one coat…..

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…and then 1 coat one the left, 2 on the right!

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As you can see, this does a really great job of picking up all the individual lashes and really defining them. That’s exactly what I want from a mascara; I’m not at all a fan of the spidery/clumpy ones, I like the ones that simply elongate and darken each strand. This one does exactly that, and really reminded  me of one of my favourite mascaras, Max Factor Lash Extension. Which can only be a good thing! It also made them look glossier and more ‘hollywood’ than some other mascaras, probably a result of the oil and the uber black pigment.

I was really pleased with this mascara. It does a great job of really opening up your eye and making your lashes fab and fluttery, which is perfect for the day, and also it layers up brilliantly for the evening. Fabulous stuff! If you’re interested you can find it here, or the whole range is available here. Well worth a look!

 

Products sent by PR for review purposes. I was not paid to review, and all opinions are my own.

SunSense SPF50 FaceCreams and Lipbalm Haul

I don’t know if anybody noticed but….it’s kinda sunny at the moment.

I mean like, really sunny. Finally! It feels like its been horrid weather forever! I can testify personally to this, as I’ve been following my running resolution and been going out on runs every lunch since January. You can imagine the slogs I’ve had; running in the pouring rain and wind. When I look back now, I’m amazed I actually kept it up. But I did, and in the back of my mind as the rain was soaking me to the skin while I trudged along was ‘it’s OK, it’ll be great in summer.’

For a while I thought summer might never come, but it did. The last few weeks I’ve been out running in blazing sunlight, and I can’t even tell you how great it’s been! I’ve discarded the long sleeve jacket and trousers and replaced it with a vest, shorts..and suncream.

Of course suncream! I am ginger, after all. And that leads me onto the product reviews I’m doing today. I’m actually really excited about this one, and I’ve been planning it for a while. I got send a lovely stash of goodies from Sunsense, an amazing suncream company from Australia. Being aussie, you can imagine they really know their stuff, and being ginger I had naturally heard of them. They are heralded as the suncream masters, the know-it-all’s of sun safety. I even overheard a woman in Boots saying that her doctor had told her to use it on her children. As a result, when the company got in touch, I was chomping at the bit. Here’s what I was sent…

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I use suncream literally every day, even in winter, so you can imagine how excited I was to get this amazing stash. The best thing is, they are specially formulated for use on the face.

We all know we should be using suncream, not just to protect ourselves from wrinkles etc, but also from serious risks like skin cancer. However, traditional suncream is pretty gross. I can testify to this, as I’ve spend years slathering on thick, horrid stuff that clogs your pores no end. On your face, this is especially awful, and so I’ve always been on the lookout for a nice light facial suncream. In the past I had settled for an SPF25 face cream, and resigned myself to covering my face in the extra thick factor 50 suncreams meant for your body whilst abroad, and putting up with the resulting breakouts. But not anymore. The products created by SunSense are nothing short of a revelation.

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 SunSense Anti-Ageing Face

First up we have this cream. Full of AHA’s and with Glycolic acid for anti-ageing, this has all the ingredients of a fancy face cream; but with the added bonus of SPF50! It’s got a light liquid consistency, fine and milky, as you can see below.

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When you first apply this, it does feel more like a traditional suncream than a face cream, as the consistency is slightly thicker than a basic face lotion. However, this quickly goes. It takes just a few minutes to soak into your skin after applying, and then it feels just like any other face cream; no whiteness, and it doesn’t leave you with a sticky face. It just feels like a super light, super fast absorbing face lotion; it makes your skin soft, with a gorgeous light texture, and with added anti-agening and SPF! According to the bottle, it also has “Vitamin E and 3% niacinamide, found to help improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.” It’s also fragrance free, meaning you don’t get that distinctive suncreamy smell. What more can a girl ask for? I was impressed with the fact that this has such a high level of protection, and yet you can’t feel it. Fantastic.

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 SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte

Next up we have the ‘twin’ product to the above; as far as I can see, it’s exactly the same, except this one is tinted.

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As you can see, the consistency is the same. In the 2 pictures below, I first rubbed it a little, so you can see the consistency and the tint, and then I rubbed it in properly, in the picture on the left. as you can see, it completely vanishes.

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The final feeling is the same as the one above, soaks in nicely and feels soft, just with a slight coverage that makes your skin a little more radiant. I’d say that if you’re going to put makeup on over suncream, use the top one, whereas if you are a lover of tinted moisturiser, then this tinted one is perfect!

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 SunSense Lip Balm

I was soooo happy to get this one, as I don’t think there are enough high SPF lipbalms out there. in fact, I’m struggling to think of one over 15! But yes, lips need protection too people, and this little chap is perfect.

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With moisturising vitamin E as well as SPF50 UVA + UVB protection, this really is the perfect lipbalm. Its nice and thick but not sticky, goes on wonderfully and is the perfect thing to keep in your handbag in summer. I don’t go running without a thick layer of this now, and as summer comes I can’t imagine going out without it.

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 SunSense Daily Face

Finally we come to my absolute favourite product. This stuff is lush. Like, seriously. It’s SPF50, the same as the lotions, but has a lot thicker consistency, as you can see below.

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It’s a lot heavier, much more of a cream where the other 2 where lotions. It also feels gorgeous, a real indulgence. Here it is as before, slightly rubbed on to show the consistency, then completely rubbed in.

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As you can see, it vanishes completely, leaving your skin super soft, totally protected, and with that slight tint/glow that comes from a good BB cream. What can I say? I love it. It’s gorgeous. It would go well under makeup, or on its own, and it makes your skin so soft and fresh. I can totally see this becoming my new staple, particularly in summer when all you want to do is sling on the lightest coverage possible and get out the door. This is ideal; a lovely light cream that leaves your skin glowing, but with super high SPF. I’m wearing it right now, and my face feels soft and unclogged- just like a nice smooth face cream, but with secret SPF power! Fantastic! As I said at the start of the review, I’ve settled for an SPF25 face cream in the past, but I’ve always wanted a higher factor, and this is perfect.

I had a quick look on Amazon, and apparently this product is the number one bestseller in suncreams. I can totally see why. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it. I wear mine with a slick of pressed powder on top, as I like a matte finish, but if you are a lover of the dewy look, that is exactly what you will get with this. Either way, a worthy investment. You can also get 50% off it right now using the code DF50 if you follow this link; even better!

I’m seriously impressed with all these products, and I’ve already looked into ordering a big vat of their ‘SunSense Ultra’, the broad spectrum all over cream, just in time for summer. In the meantime, though, I’m just happy to have found a nice, light face cream with tons of SPF! It’s the dream! If you want to check out the entire range, head over here and take a look. I would highly recommend you do, as investing in the future of your skin is doubtless the best beauty decision you can make. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine!!

 

Products sent by PR for review purposes. I was not paid to review, and all opinions are my own.

Magazine Freebies Roundup; March 2014

I’ve been whining for the last few months about the complete lack of freebies with magazines, and I’m glad to say there is finally a nice haul of stuff you can get this month. I am, however, a little worried that I may have been conditioned by my long period of freebie-fasting, as I have only bought one of them! The horror! Let’s hope this isn’t a long term affliction. Anyway, enough of my rambles, on to the freebies…

I’ve spotted four this month, and I’ll start with the least exciting one; Company.

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Company were offering their own branded mascara, the imaginatively named ‘Company Lashes’. It looked like a big one to me, a chunky brush somewhat similar to the Bourjois clubbing mascaras, and I tend to favour leaner brushes, so I didn’t get it.

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Marie Claire had a Neal’s Yard moisturizing lipgloss which looked quite cute, but I don’t really care for lipgloss, plus it looked a little dark for me, so I didn’t get it. Worth £9.50 though, so a worthy investment!

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Elle had the product that most tempted me of all the ones I didn’t buy; a Percy and Reed Wonder Balm, pitched as a hair primer! This intrigued me no end, but I’m not a huge fan of Elle, and I’ve been trying to use up my numerous hair products recently, so I skipped it. It looks adorable, though, so I may still try it…

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Glamour is the one I did buy, as I buy it every month anyway; it’s my absolute fave! Glamour were offering a freebie they’ve actually given away before; a choice of mascara, lipgloss, eyeliner and lipliner from brand Model Co. I got the same thing I got last time, the mascara, so you can check out my review here; my opinion hasn’t changed!

So that’s that! So glad to have freebies back again, I’ve missed them so. Let me know what freebies you get; especially if you get the Percy and Reed, I could easily be swayed towards it!

Itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins

Today’s review is a break from the usual beauty, and instead inspired by my new years resolutions and healthy eating kick. I love food, so dieting is always an issue for me, so any time I come across a low calorie snack I’m over the moon. As a result, imagine my delight when I spotted these beauties, the perfect low calorie snack.

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These are crispy seaweed thins by Itsu, and they are a genuine revalation. They are basically little dried crispy sheets of seaweed, and the ingredients are nothing more than seaweed, olive oil and salt. You get 12 sheets in a pack, each sheet approx 6 by 9 cm.

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The sheet is pretty big for eating at once, so I tend to chop each sheet into 4 bitesize bits. That way, they are much easier to eat, and it feels like you get more of them. Score!

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So the important thing; what do they taste like? In my opinion, delicious. They only bear a slight similarity to the crispy seaweed you get in Chinese takeaways, since that stuff is of course fried cabbage. The texture is the same, air light and delightfully crisp, but instead it has a definite taste of ‘ocean’. I don’t know how else to describe it! I guess it tastes a little like crab, but really it just tastes like the smell of salty sea air. Gorgeous.

The crispy texture is amazing, but if you leave them to dissolve on your tongue they will turn into a soggy mass, much more like real seaweed. I haven’t decided if I like them soggy yet, so I tend to crunch them down nice and fast. It’s the perfect savoury snack, and not only that; it’s only 24 calories a pack! Genius!

I buy these in a triple pack for £1.75 from Waitrose, and they really are worth it. Tasty and guilt free, they’ve become my favourite snack, and you should definitely give them a go!

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Helloooooo kids!

I’m pretty excited about today’s review(Staple switch!), but before I jump in I’m going to start with a quick Resolution update. I’ve not checked my weight in a while, although my diet has been iffy to be honest so I doubt much has changed. This is down to a LOT of social engagements recently, and just being naughty in general. I’m happy to say, though, that I’ve still managed to stick to my oath not to have any snack foods. Go me! The best part, though, is that I’ve managed to stick to my exercise pledge. I now run every day except Sundays, 2 miles every day except Saturday when I run 3. I’m really pleased I’ve managed to stick to it, and though I’m still not good I’m getting better. I’m also getting to the point where I’m actually starting to enjoy it, which is something I never thought would happen! I have my first race tomorrow, a 5k, and I’m pretty nervous, but I also cannot WAIT to get my hands on my finishers medal. It’s become something of a fixation!

So, onto the beauty bit of this review. Today I’m reviewing a foundation I picked up recently, Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in shade 010, Light Porcelain.

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Regular readers will know I have a love for Bare Minerals foundation that cannot be usurped. That stuff aint’ cheap, however, and since I’ve been washing all my makeup off at my midday post-run shower I wanted a little bottle of liquid foundation that I wouldn’t be so bothered about cleaning off twice a day. Enter this little beauty. It’s the ‘squeezable’ version of their infamous matte mousse foundation, apparently the best selling foundation in the UK. I’d tried that stuff before, and though I loved the texture, the lightest shade made me look bright orange. Gutting. As soon as I spotted this one, though, my hopes were raised. Porcelain sounded more promising than Ivory, and sure enough this shade is beautifully pale. I’d even go as far to say it may be the palest liquid foundation I’ve ever seen!

It’s a truly gorgeous texture. Thick, whipped and luxurious, this stuff feels amazing going on. Here’s a snap to show the moussey goodness!

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This stuff also delivers wonderfully on coverage. It’s nice and thick, and covers your skin in a super-soft veil, getting rid of all evils. My biggest skin bugbear is redness; being pale, I have very red cheeks, as well as red skin around my eyes, and this stuff covers both wonderfully. See below…

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As you can see, it has straight away covered up all the redness on my cheeks, nose, chin and eyes, and has left me with a pale, flawless coverage. Even the freckles and tinge of pink on my forehead are gone! It really has done a lovely job, and I’m so pleased.

It feels really nice to use, creamy and soft, but make sure you don’t use a primer with it. It’s so thick that it really sinks into your skin, so if you have a primer it just sits on top of it and slides about. Not a good look! On plain, moisturized skin, though, its a miracle, and at only £5.99 a super cheap miracle!

I thoroughly recommend this stuff; it’s made its way to being my go-to daily foundation, leaving Bare Minerals for more special occasions. There are a number of shades, too, so I suggest you try it out asap! You won’t be disappointed!

 

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

Hi chaps!

My goodness, I have been rubbish haven’t I. I’m sorry for the fail; my only excuse is that I’ve been focusing so hard on my resolutions, my dear blog fell a little by the wayside. The only good news is that in the last month, I have discovered a cavalcade of new products and beauty regimes that I can’t wait to share with you!

A quick note on my resolutions; they are going so well. I’ve got into running in a big way; I now go every day, and I’ve signed up for my first 5k! Yikes! I’ve also not caved on any of my banned foods, not even close. Looking good so far!!

Ok, so onto today’s review, which is a product that came out mid last year; Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara.

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I tried this at the time, the palest shade of the three available, and was massively underwhelmed, so didn’t bother. Recently, howver, what with my running and showers at lunch time, I’ve needed a low maintenance, easy to carry makeup set. I don’t want to spend ages on makeup I’ll wash off and reapply at lunch, so I’ve switched to a small set of simple basics, and that made me reconsider this mascara. I went back, and this time I picked up the medium shade, Medium Brown. Even though I use the lightest brow shade normally, this is such light coverage I figured I could get away with it, and I was right. I thoroughly recommend that you go for a darker shade, if you want to buy this; however light you usually go, the light blonde/brown is basically unnoticeable.

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This is what the brush itself looks like; a strange little ball shape. I think it makes it slightly easier to apply, but not hugely different from the clear mascara I usually top my brows off with. It just goes on like regular mascara, tinted and with a dry feeling finish. Here’s a comparison; plain brow on the left, brow mascara on the right.

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As you can see, there is a difference. It’s not massive, but it definitely darkens and defines the brow. Here’s a shot from further out, with mascara on the left brow and the right one left bare.

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I think the difference is more obvious here. It darkens the hairs, and makes them much more neat the whole way down. It’s no miracle worker, but it does the basic job.

It’s absolutely no substitute for the fabulous MUA brow palette, but if like me you want a low maintenance, super speedy, travel friendly way to define your eyebrows, then this will do fine, and at only £4.99 it’s not bank breaking either. A great travel substitute; just pick a dark shade!!